Rover 2000 TC
broke away from company tradition in 1963 with the trend-setting 2000, one
important quality was retained. This was the basic Rover reputation for
exceptionally comfortable, dependable transportation that could be guaranteed to
get you to your journey´s end with the minimum of fuss and quicker probably than
you had estimated.
The 2000, one
of the best examples of modern styling and advanced engineering on the roads
today, could prove to be almost as important an innovation in passenger
transport as the ubiquitous Land Rover continues to be in the commercial field.
perfectly timed to meet – or possibly to help in creating – what has proved to
be an appreciable demand for a moderately priced four-cylinder sallon that comes
close in performance and comfort to the bigger, much more luxurious and
When Rover led,
others have since followed, but the first favourite is still way out in front. A
road test of the 2000 TC (for twin carburettor) underlined features which must
now be well-known by all who take an interest in cars.
Because of its
extra zip, the 2000 TC probably will be the choice of the owner who still
derives pleasure from handling a well-designed car with sporty characteristics
and who does not like to dawdle.
carburettor version was designed to boost power and performance for export
markets. It was introduced a year ago and has only been available in Britain
since the last Motor show in October.
1978 cc engine requires 100 octane fuel (although there is a different
compression ratio for areas where this is not available) and develops 114 bhp at
acceleration available sends the red band in the thermometer-type speedometer
leaping to 70 mph limit in a little over 16 seconds from standstill. At that
speed the engine is purring effortlessly for the maximum is almost 40 mph
higher. But the TC is still flexible enough to pull away smoothly in top gear
from around 20 mph.
from taken it over, the TC impressed me as a car that could claim a high place
in personal preference whatever the funds available. It seats four with as much
comfort as anyone could expect outside the top luxury range, within overall
dimensions that are an aid to easy parking. Its lines are modern and
aerodynamic, incorporating four headlamps. A minor criticism was that the front
tip of the nearside wing was obscured by the windscreen wipers at rest unless I
sat well forward in the driving seat.
I find it
disturbing if the full width of the car is not clearly in view. As an aid to
width judgment at night, and an indication that side lights are functioning
properly, a small pimple of the sidelight lens protrudes above the wing line. It
is evidently vulnerable when the car is cleaned, for in this case the important
one, on the nearside, was missing.
include a tachometer, mounted centrally on the padded facia, with a clock
alongside. The eay-to-read speedometer is to the right of this pair, and on the
left is a shallow shelf. This will take only small items, but it is supplemented
by two deep boxes which drop down when the lock is released. Both are
Back rests of
the two front seats can be locked at any angle. At their lowest point they rest
on the rear seat cushions, the forward adjustment of the front seats not being
sufficient to permit a level link-up.
Just over an
inch of vertical adjustment is available on the steering column. Mounting the
steering box high up in the scuttle at the rear of the engine to avoid the
column and wheel being pushed up into the passenger compartment in a head-on
collision is one of the many safety features. Another is a strong passenger
compartment which is virtually a rigid steel cage designed to resist distortion
and protect the occupants.
have a padded roll along the top edge of the back to lessen the likelihood of
head injuries to rear seat passengers thrown forward in a collision. The seat
squab also would “give” rearwards, minimising the risk of neck injuries to
driver and front passenger.
Disc brakes on
all four wheels also help to make this one of the safest cars on the road. The
stopping power is excellent for only moderate pedal pressure.
On the road,
the 2000 TC is without any apparent vices. It offers a smooth ride over any
surface, is virtually vibration free up to the highest speed I was able to
reach, and it handles impeccably on corners.
the TC costs a total of ₤1415.